Teeth Whitening

Alhambra Family Dentistry

Dentist located in Alhambra, CA

Your smile is one of the first things people notice, so why not make it as bright and vibrant as possible. In-office teeth whitening, one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry services, is a fast and easy way to improve your smile. The team of cosmetic specialists at Alhambra Family Dentistry in Alhambra, California, uses laser teeth whitening to help Los Angeles-area men, women, and children, enjoy the radiant smile they’ve always desired. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Alhambra Family Dentistry

What causes tooth discoloration?

Tooth enamel comes in various shades of white. While maintaining excellent oral hygiene can help you preserve your whitest, brightest smile, inadequate oral health habits and repeated staining can make your teeth dull, yellow, or discolored.

Your teeth may look and feel smooth, but the surface of your enamel contains tiny imperfections that trap tiny food particles and liquid residues. If you don’t remove these properly when you brush and floss, they accumulate and make your teeth dull or stained.

Even if you have excellent oral health habits and undergo regular dental cleanings, your teeth may still become discolored as you get older. As tooth enamel thins with age, the dentin layer beneath your enamel shows through, making your teeth slightly yellow.

Other factors that commonly contribute to tooth discoloration include smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee, tea, or red wine, and taking certain prescription medications.

What is laser teeth whitening?

Your dentist at Alhambra Family Dentistry starts by performing an oral exam to verify you’re a good candidate for laser whitening. This treatment is only effective on natural teeth. Similar to other chairside bleaching and professional whitening treatments, laser whitening doesn’t work effectively on dental restorations like crowns, bridges, bonding, and veneers.

If you’re a good candidate for laser whitening, your dentist polishes your teeth, covers your lips and gums with a protective shield, and applies a customized whitening gel to your tooth enamel.

Your dentist then uses a special LED laser to speed up the whitening process. The laser’s specific light waves help activate the gel’s powerful whitening agents, so they can break up stains and remove discoloration quickly and thoroughly.

In-office laser whitening takes about one hour to complete.

What are the benefits of laser whitening?

For the most effective and efficient way to whiten your smile, nothing compares to laser teeth whitening. You can expect to see visibly brighter teeth up to eight shades whiter than they used to be.

Laser whitening is comfortable, safe, delivers long-lasting results, and won’t fade over time. By comparison, the results from self-applied take-home bleaching trays typically take a couple of weeks, and they’re usually not as vibrant. Store-bought whitening strips or paint-on gel products typically require multiple applications over several weeks and often produce inconsistent results.

Although whitening toothpaste can noticeably whiten your teeth after one month, only your superficial stains disappear, and your results fade when you switch back to regular toothpaste.

If you’re ready for a whiter, brighter smile that lasts a long time, call Alhambra Family Dentistry or schedule an appointment online today.

*Individual results may vary